South Seattle

Man defending mom's honor charged with murder

Man defending mom's honor charged with murder
Hosea Wilcox Jr. appears at his arraignment in King County Superior Court on Oct. 21, 2013. A judge ruled cameras could not show Wilcox's face.

SEATTLE - A man who said he was defending his mother's honor is now charged with second degree murder, according to a Seattle Police Department probable cause statement.

Hosea Wilcox punched Bobby Washington to the ground causing him to hit his head on a concrete sidewalk Sept. 2 at a King County Metro bus shelter near the 5100 block of South Henderson Street in South Seattle, according to court documents.

A witness says he saw Wilcox choking and banging Washington's head against a glass wall. The witness says Wilcox told him "mind your own business" and said Washington had disrespected his mother who was apparently present during the alleged assault.

The witness says Washington looked intoxicated as Wilcox hit him hard enough to knock him over. Washington's skull made a loud cracking sound as it hit the concrete sidewalk and his leg was clearly broken because "his foot was pointed in a different way than the other one," according to the witness.

Seattle police and fire crews responded to 911 calls, but left Washington on the street.

"The in car video of the incident showed the medics and officers trying to assist Washington, but he was acting erratically towards them," according to the probable cause statement.

Washington walked to his sister's home and languished in pain for two days before she called for emergency help. She says she left him alone because he was acting strange. She says she didn't know something was wrong until he started to convulse.

Washington was rushed to Valley General Medical Center in Renton on Sept. 4 and was later transported to Harborview Medical Center where he lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness. A portion of his skull was removed to alleviate pressure on his brain. Washington's family later decided to remove him from life support on Sept. 19 and he died.

An autopsy reveals, "the victim (Washington) had suffered a fractured lower right leg, fracture to the rear area of the skull, extensive swelling of the brain and major bleeding (Hematoma) surrounding the brain and within the brain tissue," according to the probable cause statement.

At his son's arraignment Monday, Hosea Wilcox Sr. said he is deeply saddened by the events.

"This is not what we're about," Wilcox Sr. said. "It's shocking to me. Terribly shocking. It really is."

Wilcox Jr. remains in jail on $500,000 bail. His next court date is Nov. 4.